Navid Negahban (Homeland), Eric Close (Nashville), Eric Ladin (Boardwalk Empire) and Rey Gallegos (Gang Related) have joined the cast of American Sniper for director Clint Eastwood. The film stars Bradley Cooper as decorated marksman Chris Kyle, whose memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History serves as the basis for the Warner Bros film. Village Roadshow is co-producing and co-financing. Filming starts at the end of March in Morocco. Negahban plays Sheikh al-Obeidi, an Iraqi local who is willing to help the SEALs find their target, for a fee. Ladin is Squirrel, a Southern California surfer kid who is part of the SEAL team. Gallegos plays Tony, chief of the SEAL team and one of the instructors during training. No details were available on Close’s character.
Negahban, whose credits also include The Mentalist, The Game and CSI: NY, is repped by the House of Representatives. Close, who plays Teddy Conrad on Nashville and also starred on TV’s Suits, Chaos and Without A Trace, is with Gersh and Untitled Entertainment. Ladin, whose credits also include The Killing and HBO’s upcoming series The Brink, is repped by Innovative Artists and Main Title Entertainment. Rey, who’s appeared on Sons Of Anarchy, 24 and Prison Break, is with GVA and Jeff Goldberg Management.